The medina

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Russell wanders the Fez medina:

And the wares on offer! One street held shops displaying tall cones of varicoloured powder, from the deep red of paprika to brilliant yellow turmeric, interspersed with vendors selling bags of sticks, leaves, seeds, and what appeared to be sand, bowls of dusty blue chunks of indigo, and carefully arranged hillocks of mice skulls and desiccated lizards. One shop displayed hundreds of prayer beads on its three walls—ivory and amber, lapis and coral, sandalwood and ebony. Its neighbour held teetering stacks of cylindrical tarbooshes, or fezzes, mostly red, with tassels of every colour imaginable.

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  1. Shannon says:

    Wow. I’m loving all the pictures, can’t wait to read more about all the places…

  2. Kim Box says:

    This is where I revert to a slightly obsessword word nerd. Laurie, I think that your initial use of mouse singular is correct in its adjectival mode i.e. mouse skulls – skulls of mice, human skulls – skulls of humans, animal remains- remains of animals etc etc

  3. The pictures add such a lovely new layer to the descriptions in the books. I can’t wait for it to come out so I can devour it. Thank you for all your hard work.

  4. Laurie King says:

    I think they must be lanterns.

  5. Roxanne says:

    Oh yes, they definitely are.

  6. Roxanne says:

    Trying this again —

    Oh yes, they definitely are.

  7. I love all the photos and I can’t wait to read the book!

  8. I love the colorful markets!

  9. Anne Lape says:

    I am imagining myself traveling through that market–all 5 senses are firing.

  10. Pam Gibson says:

    I’ve been through similar markets in Sicily and southern Spain, but must have missed the desiccated lizards. Often vendors from Africa come over, spread their wares (usually jewellry, baskets, small metal objects of unknown function) on small rugs (also for sale) on sidewalk in larger towns, and when day is done, simply roll up their rugs and vanish.

  11. Kitty Macey says:

    great photos and great blog!

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